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The Superman Show - episode 1




The Mad Scientist & The Mechanical Monsters. The first two classic Paramount Superman cartoons painstakingly restored and edited into a half hour program suitable for television broadcast in single 30 min. time slot.

Superior in quality, video and sound to Warner Brothers recent DVD release. Added sound effects complete the updating of these two classic public domain shorts for viewing by contemporary children
and adults.

I am re-cutting the public domain Superman cartoons from Paramount into a half hour series suitable for broadcast. I am hoping to find a distributor or offer these shows to public access or college stations. No ownership. No royalties. Free free free.

I apologize for the soundtrack. It goes a little out of sync. This is because of the upload. My own copy has far superior sound a picture.

I re-edited the first two Paramount Superman Cartoons into a half hour series pilot. If I get a TV station interested. Possibly internet. I will run this as a series. There are only 17 shorts. Enough for 8 and a half episodes. I will likely make some "mash-up" episodes by combining bits and pieces of other ones. Similar to what Ralph Bakshi did with the 1968 Spiderman shows. Wish me luck.

Major changes: Completely re-cut the opening so it now stands by itself and re-arranged the narrative so it is also closer to the opening of the later series and cartoons and is closer to what most casual Superman viewers are used to.

I restored some missing dialogue, sound effects and music. Added a lot of new sound effects. The originals had a lot of music but very few sound effects and very little dialogue. The Mechanical Monsters flame-throwers made almost no sound at all originally. I didn't think that that made sense so I added some flame-thrower sounds. Also, the Mad Scientists "Electrothenasia Ray" did not really make much noise and neither did the things it hit. I added some crashes and such, but am still not really happy with it. I just couldn't find a sound I liked for exploding concrete and bricks. I may continue to make changes and add superior sound to create greater appeal, interest and a more contemporary feel.

I updated some things, such as using more modern computer sounds, rockets, space ships, etc. The cartoons openings have been reedited and I isolated the title and credits. Moved the opening credits to the end.

Though I have re-edited these episodes, thus making them an original work and protected under copyright, I am relinquishing such copyright and any such ownership, and dedicating these new versions to the public domain.

Bloopers: Look closely at the #s on the flying robots in The Mechanical Monsters. The sure saved money on animation here. First its 5 then 13 then 5 then 13 again. I know that buildings are designed to sway in the wind and bend during earthquakes, but do they really bend that much?


Run time 19 minutes 43 seconds
Audio/Visual sound, color

Reviews

Reviewer: badponymedia - - August 14, 2015
Subject: Excellent cut!
Hello, excellent cut! We'd like to offer your work a home on a new global TV channel. Please contact us theproducers@badponymediagroup.co.uk to discuss. Thanks! :D
Reviewer: bonkerblam - - December 4, 2011
Subject: Why not have it available for download in .mov or better H.264? The other choices are very difficult?
Why not have it available for download in .mov or better H.264? The other choices are very difficult? .mov is extremely common and H.264 DV settings. This storage in org? Who in the hell can work with that. Even if it was an AVI or WMV a person could covert to .mov using Wondershare. I love the video. Just can't use it for Public Domain.
Reviewer: Billhope1974 - - September 19, 2011
Subject: Different route
Cool but I went in the other direction and made an almost two hour movie out of the Superman Shorts....

http://www.archive.org/details/TheAdventuresOfSuperman
Reviewer: DoctorBotanus - - July 24, 2011
Subject: Superior Quality.
Superior in quality, video and sound to Warner Brothers recent DVD release. Added sound effects complete the updating of these two classic public domain shorts for viewing by contemporary children
and adults. I did not realize that a line was missing. I did not do it. In fact I inserted several missing lines. Now I need to go and rework it. I was not intending to be PC in any way. That is crap!!!! The problem is with WBs print. I will fix it.
Reviewer: stvitusfilms - - July 17, 2011
Subject: Superman show 1
Fantastic job of cleanup and restoration. Too bad about the sync, maybe you should try again or ask their tech people. I noticed you took out part of Kent's line, "Isn't this job too dangerous...for a girl?" Don't worry so much about being PC: Intelligent people will watch these as cultural artifacts even though you have added some things. Adding technical improvements is a good, subtracting things in general, should be avoided.
I have been waiting for this good a print for 30 years, since I first discovered these shorts on VHS...I will download, thanks for the open license! I will adjust the sync on my copy myself...I will refer this project to a friend at the local PBS station as well.
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